Urban Space, Place, and Architecture in Shaping National Identity and Belonging I

Type: Paper
Theme:
Sponsor Groups: Political Geography Specialty Group, Urban Geography Specialty Group, Cultural Geography Specialty Group
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Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Washington 3, Marriott, Exhibition Level
Organizers: Joshua Hagen
Chairs: Joshua Hagen

Call for Submissions

Urban Space, Place, and Architecture in Shaping National Identity and Belonging

Session(s) organizer: Joshua Hagen (Northern State University)

This session(s) will focus on the power of urban space, place, and architecture in creating, maintaining, and contesting notions of national identity and belonging, as well as other identities that intersect with national identity. The session(s) approaches the city as a constellation of dense semiotic, performative, and affective spatialities of power mobilized for the making and unmaking of nationalist discourse. As such, the city provides an active forum, medium, and vehicle for demarcating categories and practices – and by extension places and spaces – of inclusion and exclusion, instead of merely symbolic stages or backdrops. The session(s) also highlights how various actors rework urban space and place to buttress particular nationalist agendas, assumptions, and ideologies, but these emergent geographies of power are invariably entangled with extant spatialities inherited from earlier actors.


The session(s) welcomes presentations covering a variety of countries/regions, as well as different contexts, such as political/cultural/socioeconomic; democratic/non-democratic; contemporary/historical; developed/developing; governments/nongovernmental actors; etc., to encourage comparative perspectives. The session(s) is also open to a full range of theoretical and methodological approaches, with particular interest in scholarship employing critical theory.


Potential contributors should submit an abstract of approximately 250 words or inquiries regarding the session(s) to Joshua Hagen at Joshua.Hagen@northern.edu by October 19, 2018.


Description

This session(s) will focus on the power of urban space, place, and architecture in creating, maintaining, and contesting notions of national identity and belonging, as well as other identities that intersect with national identity. The session(s) approaches the city as a constellation of dense semiotic, performative, and affective spatialities of power mobilized for the making and unmaking of nationalist discourse. As such, the city provides an active forum, medium, and vehicle for demarcating categories and practices – and by extension places and spaces – of inclusion and exclusion, instead of merely symbolic stages or backdrops. The session(s) also highlights how various actors rework urban space and place to buttress particular nationalist agendas, assumptions, and ideologies, but these emergent geographies of power are invariably entangled with extant spatialities inherited from earlier actors


Agenda

Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Mathias Le Bossé*, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, “Neither Right Nor Left”? Situating and Staging the French State and Nation in Macron’s Paris 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Daniel Thompson*, Emory University, Capital of Rebels? From secessionist agitators to urban financiers in an Ethiopian provincial capital 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Kathryn Howell*, Virginia Commonwealth University, What's in a name?: Memorialization and Cooptation in Richmond 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Alex Papadopoulos*, DePaul University, The Hellenization of Thracian Borderlands after 1919: Settlement and Urbanization as Geopolitics 20 9:00 AM
Presenter Rebecca Summer*, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Capitalizing on Marginalized Space: Redesigning and Rebranding Alleys in Washington, D.C. 20 9:20 AM

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